Members of the cast — and directors — of “Fools” are: Taylor Cohenor, Kiana Komatsu, Jenna Ramer, Amanda Oakland, Taylor Schandorff 2nd row: Emmily Wilson, John Schreiber, Matthew Kramer, Sephara Bond, Jacob Knutson, Charlie Groll, Rachel Putnam, Sam Finne, Vicki Reiser Photo By Ruth Hanson
by Ruth Hanson
"I watch for recent Broadway plays that can be used by high schools," John Schreiber, director of the fall Triton play, "Fools," said. "I look for professional plays that I can use at the high school level. I avoid plays written for high school level. They are not educationally strong enough. The professional plays offer those opportunities."
He mentioned "39 Steps," "Harvey," "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged" and "The Miracle Worker."
"Our cast members in this play are good, smart and devoted," he said.
Several years ago Schreiber asked Davis Cieslinski if he would like to try doing lights. He was a ninth grader.
Brad Barber, the regular lights person was a senior and pretty busy.
"You might as well start learning," Schreiber said to Davis.
"I enjoy it, although it is stressful at times," Davis said. "Last year it was really stressful because we were in a church. We brought just a few lights over there. This year is a new challenge, learning the new, more complicated light board. I'm a senior, so there will be somebody new next year. I am planning to go to the University of North Dakota to learn to fly. The light person has to be patient with him or herself and willing to learn."
Jenna Ramer is a ninth grader and plays a villager in the play.
"The people in the play are really nice," she said. "I am painting sets today. Everybody who wants to paint can. It's fun."
She said Mrs. Reiser and Mrs. Schreiber are very nice and helped them pick out their costumes from a big closet.
"I have to stand there and look dumb," she said. "I don't talk - just stand there and look kind of funny because the village is under a curse of stupidity. It's really fun and weird and different. Everybody will like it because it's so funny."
Kiana Komatsu is a ninth grader who plays the part of the magistrate's assistant.
"I talk a little," she said. "I like the people I'm working with. I like how funny and entertaining 'Fools" is. I definitely think that everybody who comes will like it - unless they don't have a sense of humor. The actors are having so much fun that I hope it rubs off on the audience."
Amanda Oakland is a senior ad plans to go to Rochester Community and Technical College next fall to take general classes.
"I started being in plays with the tenth grade fall play," she said. "They are fun - fun - fun - and creative. My favorite was 'Charlie Brown' because of the songs, especially the Beethoven one. They stick in your head. Musicals are especially fun. Mr. Schreiber has been directing plays for a long time. He really knows what he is doing. Today I am painting."
Sam Finne is a ninth grader who is playing the part of Slovitch, the butcher.
"This is my first John Schreiber play," he said. "A lot f the people who are in it were my friends before the play. We've become better friends and the ones who weren't friends before have become friends now. It's a very good story - very hilarious."
He said he plans to be in more plays.
"I think the people will like this play and that people in the Thursday audience will come back," he said. "Both directors are fun to work with and we learn a lot."
The matinee of "Fools" is Wednesday, November 6, in the high school auditorium, at 1 p.m. with refreshments during the intermission. The evening performances are November 7, 8 and 9, beginning at 7 p.m.